PROVIDENCE — Gas prices remained the same this week after declines were offset by a short-term jump in costs caused by the uncertainty of Tropical Storm Gordon as it approaches the Gulf Coast. AAA Northeast’s survey of prices in Rhode Island on Monday found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.86 per gallon. Rhode Island’s price is 3 cents above the national average of $2.83.
“The approach of Tropical Storm Gordon on the Gulf Coast has already resulted in a short-term jump in crude oil prices,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “Disruptions at oil refineries could impact pump prices, so analysts will be closely watching the progress of the storm.” A year ago, the average price in Rhode Island was $2.69 per gallon. The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular was 40 cents, from a low of $2.69 to a high of $3.09.